North East

NIA nabs Manipur militant in 2017 AR ambush case

New Delhi, May 14 (UNI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday said it has arrested a self-styled lieutenant, Mayanglambam Siromani, of People’s Liberation Army/Revolutionary People’s Front (PLA/RPF) in connection with a 2017 ambush of Assam Rifle troopers.

The accused, who was arrested on Thursday, was produced in the Imphal Special Court and sent on police remand for five days.

Siromoni was an active operative of a PLA/RPF battalion based in Myanmar. He, along with his co-accused, had escaped to Myanmar after the ambush on Road Opening Party (ROP) of 4th Assam Rifle at Chamol-Sajik Tampak Road in Chandel district. Two terrorists and an AR man died.

Siromoni was a resident of Kakching Khunou Angom Leikai under Waikhong police station in Manipur’s Kakching district.

The case was initially registered as an FIR on November 15, 2017, at Chakpikarong police station in Chandel district. NIA took over this case on Mach 29, 2018, and re-registered it.

“During investigation, it was revealed that Siromani was involved in the conspiracy for attack on the road opening party of Assam Rifles. Based on the evidence, he was charge sheeted while absconding,” the probe agency said.

Later, he was declared proclaimed offender and a cash reward of Rs 2 lakhs was announced for information leading to his apprehension, the agency added.

The investigation continues, the anti-terror probe agency said.

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